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On wind-blown day in Florida, Jim Herman isn't bothered and leads Honda Classic with a 65

  • Lee Westwood, of England, reacts after teeing off during the first round of the Honda Classic golf tournament, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

    Lee Westwood, of England, reacts after teeing off during the first round of the Honda Classic golf tournament, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rory Sabbatini, of South Africa, tees off during the first round of the Honda Classic golf tournament, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

    Rory Sabbatini, of South Africa, tees off during the first round of the Honda Classic golf tournament, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rory Mcllroy hit his fourth shot from the first fairway during the first round of the Honda Classic golf tournament, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. McIlroy scored a 6 on the par 4 hole.  (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

    Rory Mcllroy hit his fourth shot from the first fairway during the first round of the Honda Classic golf tournament, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. McIlroy scored a 6 on the par 4 hole. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)  (The Associated Press)

A strong wind welcomed the PGA Tour to Florida on Thursday. Jim Herman didn't mind one bit.

Herman saved par from the fairway twice and kept bogeys off his card for a 5-under 65 and the early lead at the Honda Classic at PGA National. He was one shot ahead of Brendan Steele.

Rory McIlroy got off to a rugged start in the afternoon. The world's No. 1 player already was 4-over through six holes.

For starters, Herman was happy to be playing. This was the second straight week that he was in a Monday qualifier when he got word he was in the tournament. And he has lived in South Florida for more than a decade, so the wind didn't bother him.

Phil Mickelson opened with a 71.